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Amazon introduces 'make an offer' service

December 10, 2014 9:16 am | by MAE ANDERSON, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Amazon wants you to make an offer sellers won't want to refuse. For the first time, the largest U.S. online retailer is letting some third-party sellers offer an option where interested buyers can make an offer on an item lower than the listed price....

Top 10 topics on Facebook in 2014

December 10, 2014 9:10 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

What's popular? Facebook has a good gauge based on what people type into the box that says, "What's on your mind?" On Tuesday, the company released top 10 lists for 2014, based on the number of posts, comments, likes, photos and videos shared....

Sweden targets Pirate Bay again after complaint

December 10, 2014 9:06 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Swedish police have raided a server room in Stockholm in an action targeting the file-sharing website The Pirate Bay. Police spokesman Paul Pinder said Wednesday the raid took place after Rights Alliance, a Swedish Internet anti-piracy group ...

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Bra stops sexual assault with 3,800 kilovolt electric shock

December 10, 2014 8:49 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

I’ve seen numerous devices and ideas for empowering women — pepper spray, tasers, self-defense courses, firearms — but I can honestly say I’ve never seen a bra used as a weapon. Engineering students Manisha Mohan, Niladhri Basu Bal, and Rimpi Tripathi ...

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Engineering Live: How Do We Get More Kids Into STEM? (On Demand)

December 10, 2014 8:38 am | by ECN Staff | Videos | Comments

It’s easy to say we need more kids interested in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), the challenge comes in finding ways to accomplish it. Whether it’s the toys they play with as kids, or the classes they take as students ...

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Mouser announces expanded partnership and portfolio with Hittite Microwave Products from Analog Devices

December 9, 2014 4:46 pm | by Mouser Electronics | News | Comments

Mouser Electronics, Inc., a leading global distributor and developer's top choice for semiconductors and electronic components, today announced that they have expanded their strategic partnership and worldwide distribution agreement with Analog Devices ...

Gate driver features wide voltage range of 10V to 20V

December 9, 2014 3:48 pm | Ixys | Product Releases | Comments

IXYS Integrated Circuits Division (Beverly, MA) announces the immediate availability of the IX3180 2.5A Gate Drive Optocoupler. The IX3180 combines IXYS ICD’s optocoupler expertise from its OptoMOS product line with its popular 600-Series of ...

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Adapter/carrier cards designed for embedded open architectures

December 9, 2014 3:37 pm | Vadatech, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

VadaTech (Henderson, NV) offers a wide range of adapter cards that allow standard mezzanine cards of multiple formats to be utilized within the system. The adapter cards and carriers allow the re-use of legacy boards and the leveraging of ...

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Exclusive interview with Mythbusters star Grant Imahara

December 9, 2014 1:53 pm | by Janine E. Mooney, Editor in Chief, WDD | @JMooneyWDD | Videos | Comments

WDD's Editor in Chief, Janine Mooney, interviews Grant Imahara (you may remember him from Mythbusters) on his new partnership with Mouser Electronics at Electronica 2014. Engineer and longtime Mouser Electronics' customer Grant Imahara of Mythbusters ...

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Module offers fast time-to-market

December 9, 2014 1:34 pm | Adlink Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

ADLINK Technology, Inc. (San Jose, CA) introduced a new SMARC form factor computer-on-module running a Freescale i.MX6 processor based on the ARM Cortex-A9 architecture. With a choice of dual or quad-core processors running at from 800 MHz ...

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The key to STEM education

December 9, 2014 11:57 am | by Nick Soggu, Founder and President of Silvertech | Blogs | Comments

There is a constant challenge for educators and communities to find new ways to promote and encourage science, technology, engineering, and math interests to students at young ages as well as throughout a child’s educational development. My commitment to STEM education and personal interests and experiences with technology businesses drives my support for STEM learning and other educational community initiatives.

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Bionic Bra proves necessity is apparently not the mother of invention

December 9, 2014 11:12 am | by Melissa Barnes, Associate Editor, MDT | Blogs | Comments

The recent story about a “Bionic Bra” from the University of Wollongong had me wondering ... why?! Of all the medical devices we have a dire need for, a sensor-equipped, “smart yarn”-infused, automatic-tightening bra certainly isn’t one of them....

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LED enables brighter stage lighting

December 9, 2014 10:19 am | Osram Opto Semiconductors | Product Releases | Comments

Osram Opto Semiconductors (Sunnyvale, CA) has introduced a new LED for stage lighting. Compared with previous members of the product family, the new Osram Ostar Stage offers more than twice the lumen output with a component surface that ...

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Publisher hopes to sell books through Twitter

December 9, 2014 9:31 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A leading book publisher is hoping that Twitter will not only help promote books, but sell them directly. Hachette Book Group announced Monday that it has teamed with the e-commerce platform Gumroad. The deal will allow Twitter users ...

Scientists re-create what may be life's first spark

December 9, 2014 9:29 am | by SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

Scientists in a lab used a powerful laser to re-create what might have been the original spark of life on Earth. The researchers zapped clay and a chemical soup with the laser to simulate the energy of a speeding asteroid smashing into the planet....

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